Conservative Leader Van Taylor Announces Candidacy for Open Texas Senate District 8
PLANO, TX - State Representative Van Taylor today announced via social media to supporters and conservative activists his candidacy for the open Texas Senate District 8 seat vacated by Senator Ken Paxton who is running for State Attorney General.
“Texas truly leads America as a beacon of freedom and prosperity. Texas’ success comes from steadfast conservative leadership that puts its trusts the individual and small business, not big government,” Taylor stated. “Anne and I have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support from grassroots activists, community leaders, and concerned citizens across the district wanting proven experienced conservative leadership in the Texas Senate. It is with their confidence and enthusiasm that I am announcing my candidacy for Texas’ 8th Senate District. Together we can continue to keep Texas as a model of economic success and strong values.”
A pro-life conservative and lifelong member of the NRA, Taylor was elected to the State House in 2010 behind a strong conservative grassroots effort highlighted by the endorsements of a majority of local precinct chairmen, the Collin County Conservative Republicans, and local Tea Parties. Additionally, in his 2010 campaign for Texas House, Taylor earned the endorsement of nearly every conservative organization in the state including Conservative Republicans of Texas, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility’s PAC, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Right to Life, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Home School Coalition, and Conservative Hispanic Society.
In the Texas House, Taylor spearheaded legislation that would protect our children from online predators, make it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, and revoke benefits from corrupt politicians. Additionally, Taylor’s Truth in Taxation rule forced politicians to state clearly in the first line of any bill if there is an attempt to raise taxes or fees has been cited by Americans for Tax Reform as a successful blueprint for other states to implement.
Taylor is widely recognized as a leader for conservative principles earning the “Taxpayer Champion” award by the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, an over 100% pro-life rating from the Texas Right to Life, and an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. Earlier this week, the Texas Eagle Forum named him “Top Rated a Conservative” and the Texas Conservative Coalition awarded him the “Courageous Conservative Award” for the 83rd Legislature.
Van and his wife Anne married after his return from Iraq, where led missions behind enemy lines for the 4500 Marine Task Force Tarawa. Taylor’s platoon helped rescue an American prisoner of war and rescued 31 wounded men during a counter-attack by several thousand Iraqis. For his service, the Marine Corps awarded Van the Navy Commendation Medal with a “V” for Valor, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Today, Van is a businessman who works at Churchill Capital Company, a firm focused on real estate finance. Van and Anne are the proud parents of three daughters Laura, 8, Helen, 7, and Susie, 3. A lifelong Episcopalian, Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.